Here is my feeling about licensing one’s music to TV commercials:

Some people refuse to do let their music be used for commercials. Maybe they are environmentally aware and don’t want to support a car company. Maybe they don’t want to support a fast-food chain. Maybe they feel TV debases their art…

I find that such a stance against a car company means nothing if nobody finds out about your brave stance. In other words, it is fairly meaningless, except for stroking your own pride and ego. Would not more positive change be created by accepting the money, which can be in the 8 figures, and then giving 50% to a good cause? Hell, licence your music to GM for the hated Hummer H2 and give 10 million dollars to the Integral Institute and you will create a lot more change than by telling your agent “over my dead body!”

We are all cynical enough to know that somebody licensing music to a car company or fast-food chain is not necessarily a devil, yes? No, I have no offer on the table, but I was discussing other people’s stances with a friend in the biz a week ago….
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Our show at the Mountain Winery last night was a blast! The weather was great – last year it was very cold here, everyone played really well and the audience was very supportive. This new quartet plays more with our eyes closed than any band I have ever had.

Tonight we are playing in Sacramento, but first I have to give a TV personality a guitar lesson on-camera this afternoon. That should be interesting.


Starbucks is to Democracy what an independent Café is to Monarchy…..

Last year I discussed Starbucks with a Barista (operator of an espresso machine) in an independent cafe in Oregon. He told me Starbucks tries very hard to give people the exact same quality in every outlet anywhere. You can always count on Starbucks to give you a B or B- coffee. You will never get a grade A coffee, but you also never have to put up with a D or F coffee. An independent cafe might give you an A grade coffee, if the barrista knows what they are doing, or you might have to put up with a C or D, or even worse.

How does that relate to Democracy or Monarchy, you ask? Well, a King or Queen can get stuff done. They say do this and the people do it. That means an enlightened Monarch can really make a huge difference within one lifetime. The obvious drawback is that you only get an enlightened ruler once in a while and in between you have duds and despots. (Duds and Despots: good name for a pop band?) – That’s just like the little independent cafe: you might find a barrista who knows what they are doing and get a great coffee, or you might have to add a bunch of milk and down it just to get the caffein…..I figure your chances of getting a great coffee are about the same as getting a great monarch, maybe 30/70 or 20/80?

A democracy on the other hand evens out your highs and lows. You won’t get the brilliant ruler who gets shit done, but you are also less likely to get the dud…

San Diego

In about 40 minutes we will start our show at Humphrey’s. A cold wind is coming from the see and I have dug up a sweat shirt to wear. It feels terrible to play in the cold. Really, you are forcing your hands to do something they do not want to do. On the other hand it is a good opportunity to destill your melody into something simpler, something that suits the temperatur a little more…

San Diego on Sunday

I believe this is our 14th year of playing at Humphrey’s in San Diego. Tonight we’ll have plenty of time to play…